Google's Link Report Drops All Home Page Links?

Feb 6, 2013 - 8:35 am 23 by

Google Webmaster Tools Bug in LinksYesterday we reported that Google's link report dropped the number of links being reported across virtually all sites. Some have seen 70% drop in link counts as reported in Google Webmaster Tools.

A new Google Webmaster Help thread may have some more insight on what happened.

It seems that Google stopped reporting on the links pointing to your home page. Typically, but not always, your home page attracts the most amount of links. Now if Google stops reporting those home page links, then your link count may drop significantly.

If you login to Google Webmaster Tools and click on the "Links to Your Site" under "Traffic" and then view the "Your most linked content" you will notice your home page is not listed there. Strange, don't you think?

Google's John Mueller said in the thread that he thinks this is a display bug but needs to make sure. He wrote:

Thanks for the report, Anne (and thanks for escalating, Stevie!). This looks like an issue with how the data is displayed in Webmaster Tools, it shouldn't affect your site's crawling, indexing or ranking. I don't have any specifics at the moment, but the team is looking into the details to see what we can do here. Thanks for your patience & sorry for the confusion!

I hope to have an answer soon but it really seems like a bug and not a feature.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

 

Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community

Follow

Search Video Recaps

 
Google Spam Update, Volatility & Indexing Bug, AI Overviews, Google Maps Exploit, Ads, Applebot - YouTube
Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: June 21, 2024

Jun 21, 2024 - 10:00 am
Search Video Recaps

Search News Buzz Video Recap: Google Spam Update, Volatility & Indexing Bug, AI Overviews Tracking & FAQs, Google Maps Exploit, Google Ads, AppleBot & More

Jun 21, 2024 - 8:01 am
Google Updates

Google June 2024 Spam Update Takes Target

Jun 21, 2024 - 7:51 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Search Images Go Missing? Might Be A Quality Issue.

Jun 21, 2024 - 7:41 am
Google

Google Posts Safe Search FAQs

Jun 21, 2024 - 7:31 am
Google

Google Tests Floating Search Bar In Google Discover

Jun 21, 2024 - 7:21 am
Previous Story: Matt Cutts Explained Referer Spam